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Stories for July 31, 2013

Controversial Transgender Rights Bill Awaits Action From Gov. Brown

July 31
Max Pringle, Capital Public Radio
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There’s a fierce lobbying battle over a bill whose fate lies with California Governor Jerry Brown.

CSU Expands Online Course Offerings

July 31
Harry Gibbons, Capital Public Radio
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California State University students can now enroll in more online classes than they’ve been able to.

Filner's Attorney: City Failed To Provide Mayor With Sexual Harassment Training

July 31
KPBS
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In a letter first obtained by Voice of San Diego, the mayor's attorney asserts the city failed to provide sexual harassment training, but council staff say the training is available online.

Tampon Marketing Gets Real For The Social Media Age

July 31
Elise Hu / NPR
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Advertising for feminine hygiene products was traditionally so cheesy that it invited mockery far and wide. There was something so laughable and incongruent about maxi pad commercials that featured blue liquid and girls dancing on beaches.

Encinitas Schools To Expand Controversial Yoga Program

July 31
City News Service
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The Encinitas Union School District school board voted unanimously Wednesday to accept a $1.4 million grant to expand an elementary school yoga program that was the subject of a recent court battle.

Immigration Program Fails To Attract Eligible Applicants

July 31
Alexandra Starr / NPR

Teenagers and young adults who arrived in the U.S. illegally before they turned 16 have a chance at temporary legal status. A government program -- the Deferred Action for Early Childhood arrivals program -- gives them a Social Security number and protection from deportation.

Potential Treatment For Snakebites Leads To A Paralyzing Test

July 31
Deborah Franklin / NPR
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Each year more than 175,000 people around the world die from venomous snakebites, often because they live in remote, rural areas and didn't get to a hospital in time to get treatment. Toxins in the venom of snakes like cobras and kraits slowly paralyze their victims, who ultimately die of suffocation.

Nurse Charged With Assisting In Her Father's Death

July 31
Richard Knox / NPR

A Philadelphia nurse has been charged with assisted suicide for allegedly providing her 93-year-old father with a lethal dose of morphine.

Announcer-Free TV? Detroit's Baseball Fans Say Yes, Please

July 31
Bill Chappell / NPR
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Baseball fans often declare their love of the game's rhythm, its quiet pauses and bursts of action. For such people, watching a game on TV can be a struggle, particularly if they're annoyed by the chatter of announcers. Fans in Detroit had another option last night: watching a TV broadcast that included only the natural sounds of the ballpark.

What's Next For Wikileaks Espionage Case?

July 31
Midday Edition
Evening Edition
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Army Private Bradley Manning was found not guilty on charges of aiding the enemy, but guilty on other espionage charges. Manning acknowledged he gave more than 700 classified military documents to WikiLeaks. We take a look at what's next and if this case will affect the case of Edward Snowden.

On The Eve Of Gay Marriage, Not All Of Minnesota Is Ready

July 31
Alan Greenblatt / NPR
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With gay marriages becoming legal in Minnesota on Thursday, courthouses in major cities across the state will be open after midnight to accommodate dozens of same-sex couples eager to tie the knot.

GAO: Border Agents Use Flawed Methods To Track Wait Times

July 31
Joey Palacios
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A new report by the Government Accountability Office says federal agents are miscalculating wait times at ports along the U.S. Mexico Border.

Catholic Church Reformer On U.S. Tour Stops In San Diego

July 31
Midday Edition
Evening Edition
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Austrian priest Father Helmut Schuller is calling for change in the Catholic Church. He's on a 15-city U.S tour and is speaking Wednesday in San Diego.

President Obama To Visit Camp Pendleton On August 7

July 31
By Beth Ford Roth
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President Barack Obama is slated to visit Camp Pendleton on August 7 to thank Marines and their families for their service to our country.

Special Forces Soldier Killed In Afghanstan

July 31
By Beth Ford Roth
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Army Sgt. Stephen M. New, 29, was killed July 28, in Bagram, Afghanistan. New died of wounds suffered when his unit was attacked by small arms fire.

Summer Months Peak Season For West Nile Virus

July 31
By Deb Welsh
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In San Diego County, three crows have tested positive for West Nile virus in recent weeks. KPBS Morning Edition's Deb Welsh speaks with Chris Conlan, a county health official, to learn what makes the virus so prevalent.

Girls In Juvenile Hall Report Higher Drug Use Than Boys

July 31
By Susan Murphy
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Girls abuse drugs at substantially higher rates than boys, according to a new report that analyzed juvenile arrestee drug use in San Diego County.

City Council Won't Pay Filner's Legal Fees

July 31
By Sandhya Dirks
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Who is going to pay for the sexual harassment lawsuit against the city of San Diego and Mayor Bob Filner?

Beefed Up Security At Market Creek Plaza Cuts Down Crime

July 31
By Claire Trageser
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Security has been beefed up at Market Creek Plaza in Southeast San Diego, with big results.

Goodwill Shuts Down Bedbug-Infested Warehouses

July 31
Associated Press
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Goodwill Industries has shut down two Bay Area warehouses and thrown out most of the goods. The reason? Bedbugs.

SD Filner

July 31
City News Service

SAN DIEGO (CNS) - A private attorney defending San Diego Mayor Bob Filner against allegations of unwanted advances toward women based his demand for public funding on the city's failure to provide new executives with sexual harassment training, according to a letter released today.